Songwriting Retreat

Ringwood Hall Hotel, Chesterfield, UK

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20-22nd October 2023

Songwriting Retreat hosted by Boo Hewerdine

Join us for another unforgettable songwriting retreat with the incredible Boo Hewerdine on October 20-22nd! After the tremendous success and heartwarming experiences of our previous retreat, we are thrilled to announce that we are doing it all over again. Embrace your creativity, connect with like-minded souls, and immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings of Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa. With Boo’s expertise and guidance, this retreat promises to be another incredible journey of inspiration, songcraft, and shared musical moments. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of something truly special as we come together to celebrate the power of music and songwriting.

Venue: Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa

Experience the charm of Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa, a beautiful 19th century manor house surrounded by 6 acres of award-winning gardens and 29 acres of parkland. Ideally located in Chesterfield, Derbyshire with easy access to the M1, this Grade 2 listed hotel provides the perfect setting for creativity and relaxation.

Accommodation & Amenities

During your stay, indulge in well-appointed rooms and suites, ensuring a comfortable and rejuvenating experience. Enjoy delicious meals at The Coach House Restaurant, where culinary delights await. For ultimate relaxation, treat yourself to the luxurious Garden Secret Spa. With excellent function and event rooms, Ringwood Hall Hotel is the perfect place for Talent Is Timeless members to connect with one another and find new inspiration for their songs.

Guidance from Boo Hewerdine

Boo Hewerdine, brings his unparalleled expertise and songwriting prowess to this retreat. With a glittering career spanning several decades, Boo has penned songs for major artists and received critical acclaim. Join him for insightful workshops, where he will share valuable techniques and creative insights to help you take your songwriting to new heights.

A Gathering Like No Other

This retreat is a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded songwriters who share your passion for music. Immerse yourself in a supportive community, foster new collaborations, and forge lifelong connections.

Residential Experience at an Unbeatable Price

While our Music Production retreats in Poland are £1950 at the top end, we wanted to offer something shorter and more affordable to make sure our members have as many opportunities to meet one another as possible. This retreat is designed exclusively for Talent Is Timeless members and offers our lowest price point for an all inclusive residential experience. Take advantage of this exceptional offer and embark on a musical journey that will leave you inspired and invigorated.


Friday 20th October

3-6pm – Arrival 

6-7pm – Group welcome meeting

7-8pm – 3 Course Supper

8:30-9:30pm – Welcome concert by Boo Hewerdine & Saskia Griffiths-Moore

Saturday 21st October

7:30-10am – Breakfast

10-1pm – Workshop with Boo (1)

1-2pm – Lunch

2:30-5:30 – Workshop with Boo (2)

7-8pm: 3 Course Supper

8:30-10pm – Songwriters Circle till late (everyone performs)

Sunday 22nd October

7:30-10am – Breakfast

10-1pm – Workshop with Boo (3)

1-2pm – Lunch

2:30-5pm – Workshop with Boo (4)

5pm: Depart

3 day retreat – Friday to Sunday

£495 per person in a twin room

£595 per person in a private room

Non Residential Pass 

Includes: Attendance of intimate concert on Friday eve, Workshop on Saturday and Sunday, Lunch, refreshments and Supper on Saturday and full Sunday lunch.

£345 per person

First come first served

Price includes the retreat events, catering, and the songwriting workshops. Please inform us of any dietary requirements on booking.

Address: Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa, Ringwood Rd, Brimington, Chesterfield S43 1DQ (

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Book Your Spot Today

Spaces are limited to 20, so secure your place now to ensure you don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity. Use the link below to reserve your spot.

Get ready to unleash your creativity and join us for a weekend of music, camaraderie, and personal growth at the Talent Is Timeless Songwriting Retreat with Boo Hewerdine. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Note, booking using the links below confirms your place and you will be added to the guest list automatically. Please email with any extra dietary requirements needed.

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Example songwriting exercise: Written by Boo Hewerdine & Saskia Griffiths-Moore at the first ever UK songwriting long weekends retreat using a photograph by Vivian Maier (pictured right) to spark their imagination into an AABA song format with an XAXA rhyme scheme. In this case the picture was of of two young friends looking each other confidently and proudly in the eyes while standing outside in front of a tree.

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"I had a great time at this year's songwriters retreat - one great aspect is being connected to other people with the same endeavour. Songwriting for me is quite an insular isolated process - it's only when I come to record or perform the finished article that it’s shared with other people. So it was that experience of being part of a songwriting community that will stay with me."

"The songwriting weekend was a last minute opportunity for me, but I am so glad I took it! I felt comfortable and valued despite being a relative newby to playing an instrument and writing music. On the whole, the weekend was amazing, inspiring, friendly and supportive. I would definitely recommend it to any aspiring songwriters "

"It was really lovely hearing everyone and sharing each others stories. For me, as a reluctant singer it was really encouraging. Boo was just exceptional, very informative, kind, and understanding. I learnt so much from him and his approach throughout the weekend was invaluable. "

"This was a lovely weekend meeting like-minded and nurturing musical people who also write songs. Set in an enchantingly beautiful area where it was easy to relax into my creative place and share with a generous and supportive musical family. Boo and Saskia were inspirational and brought out the best in us and were always there to make sure we were okay. I felt loved, recognised and respected as a fellow musician. When’s the next one?"

Songs from the last time we gathered...

If you attended the last gathering we would love to hear your creations! Got a rough YouTube video for us? A soundcloud link? Pop it on a comment under here so we can continue to enjoy it and build up a history of all the beautiful songs that were written in these workshops.